A burglary occurred at a student residence in the 400 block of N. Frances Street last week, according to an email from the Off Campus Council sent Saturday. The email stated that the crime took place between 3 p.m. on Nov. 26 and 2 p.m. Dec. 1. The burglar gained entry by unknown means, there were no signs of force and the house’s rear door was found unlocked. Two flat screen televisions, an Xbox 360, an unknown amount of U. S. currency and an iPad mini were taken, the email stated. Suspect information is not available. For more information on crime prevention and ways to reduce the risk of crime, the Off Campus Council said students should visit the Notre Dame Security Police website or consult the live crime map of Notre Dame, South Bend and Mishawaka available at www.crimereports.com
With immediate effect and for a period of approximately 5 months, marine works involving dredging operations will be carried out in the Shing Mun River Channel, Sha Tin, the Hong Kong Marine Department (MARDEP) said in its latest announcement.The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels, including one derrick lighter, two hopper barges, two bucket pontoons, one backhoe pontoon, two tugboats and one workboat.According to MARDEP, the number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.The dredged material will be conveyed to a derrick lighter anchored within a transshipment area bounded by straight lines.A working area of approximately 15 meters around each working vessel will be established in the works area and the transshipment area.MARDEP added that a silt curtain – extending from the sea surface to the seabed – will be established beside the backhoe pontoon.
Megan McCormick / The Badger HeraldIt’s the top of the seventh, down one run with one out and the bases empty: a familiar situation in which the Wisconsin softball team found itself again Sunday. And yet again, the Badgers persevered, bringing in four runs to secure another come-from-behind victory.There’s no question Wisconsin has developed a flare for the dramatic en route to its most successful campaign in program history, sporting a cool mark of 16 comeback victories during 2013.“[The come-from-behind wins] make it exciting, and I think those big walk-off hits just show that nothing’s easy,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said. “Everybody looks at the record and numbers and they want to say, ‘Oh, you guys are cruising.’ Really, for as well as we’ve done, we’re not cruising. “At any point, any team could beat us, and we’ve had so many games come down to that last inning or the last hit. And I think it just shows that the team has a lot of fight and a lot of grit. Of course, we’d love to win some games where we didn’t have to work so hard, but it’s actually fun. Every game is a battle and walk-off hits at the end are memorable.”UW has grown comfortable with the role of cardiac kids, as six of its 38 wins have come from runs scored to take the lead in the sixth inning or later.Wisconsin’s greatest threat at the plate, senior outfielder Mary Massei, who boasts a team-leading batting average of .429, says her team’s cool in late-game pressure situations is something that has been instilled in the program ever since she has been wearing the cardinal and white.“Since day one that I’ve been here as a freshman, we’ve always been a comeback team,” Massei said. “I feel like, in those tough situations, you look in the dugout and none of us are stressing. We are always confident in our abilities to get it done.”The Badgers’ latest installment of late-game heroics came last weekend in Bloomington, Ind., when senior third baseman Shannel Blackshear propelled Wisconsin to a 5-2 victory over Indiana with a two-run double, giving her team the lead in the game’s final inning.Wisconsin hitting coach Randy Schneider believes it is no coincidence his hitters are prepared to come up with the clutch hit when the team needs it most.“It’s something that we constantly talk about with the kids,” Schneider said. “It’s really about being in a good state of mind and feeling good when they get up to bat, not necessarily feeling the pressure … It’s more about count management in those situations and understanding that, when you get a pitch on zone, take a good cut but don’t just swing at everything off zone to try to get the key hit, because a lot of times you’re going to just run yourself out.”That “good state of mind” is something Healy says is essential for a team to remain competitive in games, even when a victorious outcome looks to be out of reach.“When we get down, we just talk about it’s weak and it’s lazy if you want to pout when you are losing,” Healy said. “It’s really tougher to change that mentality and believe and keep trying to get better and stay the course and have some composure.”With only three games remaining on the regular-season schedule for the Badgers and the postseason looming, Wisconsin’s “exciting” style of play might come back to bite them as better teams begin to lace-up in the opposing dugout.Schneider says life at the plate is only going to get tougher for the Badger hitters, and they have to be willing to work on weaknesses this late in the season.“Once you get towards the end of the year, scouting reports go out on you, and everyone has more information,” Schneider said. “What you do is to encourage kids to constantly challenge their weakness and that means do the thing that is the hardest for you. Learn to hit this low-inside pitch or learn to hit this slow-outside pitch. If they put a lot of time against it, they’ll be good. If they don’t, they’re going to struggle because people will just constantly work that part of the zone.”While Schneider admits he’d prefer to have the lead late in games rather than rely on clutch hitting, he believes the amount of success the team has had in the face of adversity has given confidence to the entire team.“It’d be great to be ahead so that we don’t have to deal with [late-game heroics],” Schneider said. “As the season has wore on, we got those wins and they’ve seen each other put a ball out of the park in a key situation – like against Northwestern. It tells people that you can do it, we can all do it, get that timely hit to win the ball game. This team’s kind of had that mentality the last couple of years. “We always expect to win, it just doesn’t matter.”